And now, today, as if my thoughts and emotions have been tied so intimately with press releases over the years that they now foreshadow PR campaigns in a prophetic and annunciatory way, the Prince Estate has released the original 1984 recording of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U". Even our "faders up" rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed. It was originally released by Prince's side project The Family on their self-titled debut album, but it wasn't until Sinead O'Connor shared her single version in 1990 that the track gained recognition.
He continued: "No Prince-penned song performed by another artist has enjoyed more chart success (No. 1 in over a dozen countries) and overall cultural impact than Sinead O'Connor's 1990 recording, so hearing the song in its original context performed in its entirety by the author makes it particularly noteworthy". Prince was fantastic at making ballads that feel cinematic and take the listener on an emotional voyage, and the original "Nothing Compares 2 U" exhibits this perfectly. A tribute fence will be installed at the singer's famed music studio and home in Minnesota as officials prepare for fans returning on the second anniversary.
This is a big deal for Prince fans. Ten more guest speakers have been added, including The Revolution members Bobby Z, Dez Dickerson and Matt Fink.
Prince laid down the original "Nothing Compares 2 U" in July 1984 at Flying Crowd Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The "Nothing" release is the first new music from the estate since last June's deluxe edition of of Purple Rain.
Prince's estate has created a new official discography website with audio clips, photos, videos and commentary.